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amert23aamert23 Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello! I'm a mom of two and married to an active duty Marine. After being in pain for over ten years I finally found some doctors that wanted to do more than throw medication at me. In December I had an MRI on my shoulder which found rotator cuff tendinitis. My pain first started behind my shoulder blade which radiated down my arm and up my neck. This started in '97. I've been through physical therapy twice with no help to my neck pain. Finally got a doctor to do an MRI which showed 3 bulging disks in C4,5 and 6. Along with arthritis in my neck, cervical degenerative disc disease and occipital neuralgia. I'm going in for my first set of shots on the 24 and I'm really nervous. But I'm so ready for something to help!
Question- have you found a medication to help with the pain without making you drowsy? I've tried flexeril which I hate! And also tizanidine. It makes me sleepy but I don't wake up with a medication hangover ;)


  • Also, I'll be 32 this year.
  • Sorry to hear you've had pain for so long and have only been on meds. Best wishes for your injections on the 24th and hope you get relief with them. As for medications that don't make you sleepy, I take flexeril for a muscle relaxer but take Cymbalta for the nerve pain. Do you have an sciatica or numbness in your arms?Also with Cymbalta and the narcotic I take I did feel sleepy at first but got used to the side effects after a few weeks. Take care and keep us posted how the injections went for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you stopped by.. i also want to thank you for your service to our country.. it sounds like you have a very busy life and one in which you are in pain!! medications are just a matter of trial and more trial.. a pain medications specialist is often a good source for finding not only medications but other conservative treatments to try.. i do hope your first set of injections work for you!! good luck and stop by anytime... there is always someone here to chat with! Jenny :)
  • Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! I'm hoping this works as well!
  • Hi and welcome. Have you tried any of the neuro drugs like neurontin? Your problems and pains sound like they are nerve based not muscle based. I would ask your neurologist about this.
  • I am a bit confused, isn't occipital neuralgia a bit higher in the cervical spine? I have that, and mine is C2/3. I would ask them were they came up with that diagnosis? I could be wrong. :)

    I truly hope meds can help!! Please keep us posted on how it goes. *HUGZ* Of course too, Welcome to Spine Health!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hi Brenda, yes it's higher. I have two separate things going on caused by the bulging disks.
    Kris- I don't think I've tried that yet. I went to see a surgeon for my shoulder. I have rotator cuff tendinitis and he gave me mobic. Which didn't do much for me.
    Charry, I haven't had the numbness or tingling in my arm for a couple years now. BUT when I do get busy with things, the pain starts behind my shoulder blade and goes down my arm and up my neck. Which is why they first looked at my shoulder to see if that was the problem. They found my acromion to be in the 3rd degree or hooked. So I was looking at surgery time for that. It's amazing that people can have two separate problems going on without one being caused by the other! LOL
  • Many of us fix one problem only to find that there is something else. I had a rotator cuff tear which was what my orthopedist blamed my arm and shoulder pain on. So we did surgery. He told me after that the tear was much smaller than the MRI showed (does that mean it was healing itself?). He sent me for an MRI of my cervical spine and then thoracic and lumbar. It showed a herniation at t1/2 which the orthosurgeons poo-pooed. I finally found a neurosurgeon who said that's the problem. Well it worked for a few months.

    Now the cervical problems have gotten worse very quickly so I'm in for more surgery.

    Don't be surprised if your shoulder surgery doesn't fix everything. I would also see a neurologist. I'm gonna make a guess that your back pain is from the C5/6/7 area. A neuro drug like neurontin would confirm if it is a nerve impingement causing this.

    Unfortunately different things can cause the same pain. And doctors tend to treat just one specialty so they don't even consider the other possibilities.

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